Groomers are not licensed. The grooming industry remains unregulated, pets are still considered personal property, neither is acceptable. Did the groomer intend to kill Harley? No, I do not believe she did. Her crime was negligence. A moment of carelessness left us brokenhearted with Harley’s ashes in a little walnut box sitting on our mantle. Pets are living souls, not inanimate objects, and yet most states do not recognize companion animals as living creatures who unconditionally share their love with the human animal.
April 28, 2018, will be one year since Harley was killed due to the negligence of a groomer. Grief over the loss of any loved one, human or furbaby, changes over time. The sudden, acute loss is unbearable at times, spilling over the cheeks at the slightest memory. Thankfully, the acute pain does eventually morph into a dull ache, tolerable yet everpresent.
Animals, especially dogs, are God’s representatives on earth, at least in my opinion. Their love is unconditional and forgiving despite the actions of humans. God intended and expects humanity to care for the animals. The story of creation told in Genesis may be an allegory, but an allegory teaches a principal, a truth. In other words, it paints a picture. Genesis 1:29-31 says, “Then God said, ‘Here! Throughout the whole earth, I am giving you as food every seed-bearing plant and every tree with seed-bearing fruit. And to every wild animal, bird in the air, and creature crawling on the earth, in which there is a living soul… And that is how it was. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed it was very good.” Each created being has a living soul, the essence of Divine Love is within every living creature. Those of us with fur babies have no doubts. The soul never dies, love never dies.
Carl Jung developed a concept known as synchronicity, the idea that events are meaningful coincidences and not just random happenstance. He used the concept to argue the existence of the paranormal, those events beyond our scientific understanding. I believe in synchronicity.
There is a saying in folklore when a cardinal appears it is a visitor from heaven. I have also heard, “when cardinals appear, angels are near”. Cardinals have long been known to represent loved ones who passed on. On April 28, 2018, while my friend Rochelle and I were searching for Harley we went into an alleyway overrun with bramble. We called out for Harley. Just before leaving I turned and saw a female cardinal sitting a few feet from us in the midst of the bramble. She cocked her head, focused one eye on me, and quietly held my gaze for a moment or two. I turned and walked away. I knew deep within my spirit the cardinal was Harley letting me know she was ok, that she had transitioned and was now among the angels. I pushed the thought down as far as I could not wanting to believe she may be gone from this life, gone from my side forever. Not long after the cardinal appeared, my daughter and Ricky, a close family friend, found Harley’s tiny, lifeless body on a boulevard a few streets from where we had been searching. To this day I believe the female cardinal was Harley sharing a final moment with me.
As April 2019 draws to a close, the songbirds have returned for the spring. Cardinals do not migrate, and we have not seen any in our yard this winter until this week. Most every day a cardinal stops by and sits on the fence. We have two hanging out with us; a male and female. The female tends to hang out the longest, cocking her head this way and that. We connect on the spirit level, of this I am sure. Harley making a visit? Perhaps to remind me, love never dies……
A special thank you to Rochelle (Red) Mann, Ricky Canlapan and Loretta Canlapan for searching and being with us on that tragic day.